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This post was written by Shawna on July 27, 2009

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Last night I saw the one-act play “Mastermind”, written by Michael Patrick Sullivan (he of Red Right Hand fame).  I’ve known Michael practically since he started his blog (which, hey, looks like was 4 years ago — good on ya!) and have been in a writers group with him for awhile now.  It is not an exaggeration to say he is one of the most creative, funny and interesting writers I’ve met here in L.A.  Like, I’m kinda afraid of the guy in that ‘he’s either going to eat my brain or get every staff job I ever desire’ kind of way.  But, there’s no one else whom I’d like to fear. 

MASTERMIND is a great piece — intelligent, suspenseful and FUNNY.  There’s a 2 PM performance today at the Eclectic Theatre in North Hollywood.  You should see it.  Because I said so.

Here’s my pull quote (which means, pull it from here:) “It’s the best play I’ve seen in five years! (um…it’s the only play you’ve seen in 5 years) Oh. Then, don’t use that quote.

“Mastermind” is far too smart for me.  It’s probably far too smart for you.  Which is why you should see it.  Immediately.  Because, maybe it will make you smarter.  I also hear it will help you lose 10 pounds and help your sex life.  Yup, that’s what I hear.

No?  Too commercial?  Okay, let’s try this:

“Mastermind” is the kind of play that makes you wonder why you don’t go see plays more often.  It’s so good, you wish you could watch it again immediately afterwards, but you can’t, because you are sitting in a theater, and the actors don’t respond well to having you ask them to do it again or back up and do this bit a second time.  So, we’ll have to wait until Sullivan turns it into what I am sure will be a genius piece of screenwriting and it is produced for film, at which time we will have to wait for the subsequent release of said film and the ultimate digital download or DVD release, which would then allow us to watch it once and THEN watch it again immediately afterwards.  In that format, the actors do what you want and don’t talk back.

And maybe Michael will give us an audio commentary.  That would be really really cool.

Get on that.

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This post was written by Shawna on July 19, 2009

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Maybe I’m not talking to myself after all

A longer post about the ‘Life Options’ class I took this week will be coming, but I wanted to share an anecdote from today with you now.

I very often forget that I am in the fraction of a percentage of people in the world who is this connected online.  Because my ‘network’ has been with others who are at the same place or are even MORE interconnected, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that there are really smart people out there who have never heard of Twitter and think Facebook is for the kids.

I was looked at as a bit of an oddity in my class today, not because of the usual reasons (me just being strange or wanting to write for TV, which by itself is enough to make me stick out in some settings), but because I was a social media evangelist.  I knew so damn much about how to navigate the waters of the online world — certain websites to use, RSS readers, social networking, etc. that it was like I had run into the street shouting “Soylent Green is made of people!!”  Yeah, it was weird.

The irony of being on the edge of social media/online content/etc is that you tend to be surrounded by those same people, forgetting the millions of others who are still just using the internet to check their email and read Yahoo news.  A few might be really edgy and have a LinkedIn profile or read blogs, but amazingly the number of pepole doing this is pretty small, given what I perceived was the case.

So, while I might say something here on the blog that the rest of you roll your eyes and think ‘yeah, yeah, we’ve heard all this already,’ I am reminded that I’m not just talking to you.  I’m talking to the person who might stumble across my virtual space googling around for things or following a link here, who HAS NO IDEA WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.

So, if I sound repetitive about some things, forgive me.  To me, Twitter is old hat.  I signed up over two years ago and used it while at Comic Con when I had about 12 followers.  Now everyone in the world ‘seems’ to be on Twitter and going to Comic Con, which, of course, isn’t true…just a lot of the people in my social network are doing that now.

Oh and don’t get me started on having to explain Comic Con to some people…

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This post was written by Shawna on July 16, 2009

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The Comic Con Beat Gets Louder

12 days.  Nerd Prom.  Get your geek on.

I’m pouring through the 2 of the 4 day schedule posted at the Comic Con site and for TV lovers there is a wealth of stuff to ponder…I’ll be posting a lot of Comic Con stuff in the next few weeks, because it is important.

Why should you care?

Well, because I might have interviews with TV writers for Geekerati Radio and here.  Because Comic Con has become a premier event for learning about new projects.  And because I’ll be networking the heck out of the place.

So, let your geek flag fly.  We’ve got work to do.

Schedule for Comic Con: Thursday and Friday.

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This post was written by Shawna on July 10, 2009

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Blog vacay

Jules and I will be taking the week off from the blog because honestly, what the heck?

We’ll be back on 7/10 with our plot to take over Comic Con.  Then the world.

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This post was written by Shawna on July 2, 2009

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